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Sympathy Notice: Rev. Joseph Kim

Rev. Joseph T. Kim , member of the Northern Illinois Conference, passed away on March 3, 2021. During his ministry in the Northern Illinois Conference, he served Fenton, Lockport: First, and Wheaton: Aldersgate.  

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Junius Dotson

Remembering Rev. Junius Dotson

The Rev. Junius B. Dotson, the General Secretary of Discipleship Ministries, died late Feb. 24 surrounded by family, less than a month after announcing his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 55.

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Laity Convo

Laity Convocation recording available online

More than 300 people attended the first virtual Laity Convocation, “The Other Side: Making Churches Vital in a Post-Pandemic World,” held as a Zoom webinar on Feb. 13, 2021. The session focused on the NIC’s strategic goals of ending racism, growing and reaching new disciples, and building vital congregations. The three speakers included Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey on communal prayer, Rev. Adam Hamilton on helping people grow in faith, and Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Powe on reaching out to our neighbors.

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Transitions to new districts beginning

NIC District Superintendents have started the transition process from six to five districts that will go into effect July 1, 2021. Each of the new five districts will have a transition team with laity and clergy and will look different in each district.

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General Conference Postponed Another Year

General Conference organizers announced that the denomination’s top lawmaking assembly — long postponed by pandemic — must wait to meet another year. The global gathering is now scheduled Aug. 29-Sept. 6, 2022, in Minneapolis.

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Youth volunteers enjoy winter fun break

On February 20, Pastor Roger Bronkema and families from Warren and Elizabeth UMC traveled to the Lake Carroll snow tubing hill in Lanark, Ill., for a day of fun. The trip was a “thank you” to the youth who helped Bronkema in ministry throughout 2020. Amid bright sunshine and crisp blue skies, about 25 youth and adults grabbed inner tubes and let gravity speed them along down the hill. 

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